Emma C. Thomson
Emma C. Thomson
Emma Thomson is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Medical Research Council (MRC) - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), University of Glasgow, and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General (Internal) Medicine at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, both in Glasgow, UK. She is also Professor of Emerging Viral Infections at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, UK. Professor Thomson earned her MB ChB medical degree at the University of Glasgow in 1997 and her PhD degree in virology at Imperial College London, UK, in 2011. She became an MRCP in 2000 and an FRCP in 2016.
Professor Thomson works both in the laboratory and as a clinician. Her laboratory uses next generation sequencing to detect new and emerging viruses in Uganda and more recently in the UK in febrile undiagnosed patients. They are also engaged in improving local diagnostic capacity in the MRC centres in these countries so that undiagnosed new or emerging infections may be detected at source in the future, allowing more rapid control interventions. In February 2020, the laboratory commenced sequencing of the novel coronavirus SARS2-CoV within the UK and have sequenced > 2,000 genomes as part of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium and Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium (ISARIC4C). In the clinic, Professor Thomson works as an infectious diseases and general (internal) medicine consultant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and has experience looking after patients with a wide range of infectious diseases.
Professor Thomson works as an external consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO). She has also been a member of the WHO Guidelines Development Group for Hepatitis C since 2015 and a member of the MRC CVR Scientific Steering Group since 2016. Professor Thomson was Vice Chair of the British HIV Association Hepatitis Expert Group from 2017 to 2020 and Joint Lead of the laboratory group Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) from 2018 to 2020. She has authored or co-authored ca. 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including a recent article in Cardiovascular Research on how COVID-19 infection affects the cardiovascular system.
EM-35201 - Date of preparation: July 2020